- to give objective form to; make objective or concrete: to objectify warm feelings in a painting
- to regard (someone) superficially or treat in a depersonalized way; often, specif., to regard or treat as a sex object
Origin of objectifyobject + -i- + -fy
transitive verbob·jec·ti·fied, ob·jec·ti·fy·ing, ob·jec·ti·fies
- To present or regard as an object: “Because we have objectified animals, we are able to treat them impersonally” (Barry Lopez).
- To make objective, external, or concrete: thoughts objectified in art.
(third-person singular simple present objectifies, present participle objectifying, simple past and past participle objectified)